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Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert GottfriedBorn: 28-Feb-1955
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Comic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Loudmouth Jewish comic

Gilbert Gottfried had developed his petulant "character" by the time he started high school, and he first tried stand-up at age 16. Over the subsequent years he honed his persona at the Improv and Catch a Rising Star, where he was a friend to not-yet-famous Jerry Seinfeld. He was a moderately unsuccessful stand-up comedian until 1980, when Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels left the show and the entire cast was fired. Gottfried was one of the replacements, and lasted just 12 episodes. He was briefly a regular on Alan Thicke's nosedive talk show, Thicke of the Night, then the host of Saturday's night's Up All Night on USA, wisecracking through old movies way past bedtime. He was in Andrew Dice Clay's flop The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, and he was the petulant, annoying, whining Mr. Peabody in three Problem Child movies.

Voice work has been Gottfried's steadiest paycheck since the mid-'90s. He was heard but not seen in Aladdin and its sequels, Ren & Stimpy, Eddie Murphy's Doctor Dolittle, Look Who's Talking Too, CyberChase, and Crank Yankers. He was Mr. Mxyzptlk, the fifth-dimensional imp who taunts the Man of Steel in Superman: The Animated Series, and he was the voice of Mr. Peabody again in the TV cartoon version of Problem Child. Gottfried provided the voice of a jar of Miracle Whip for a TV commercial, but Kraft executives feared it was too grating, so the commercial aired with another actor as the zesty salad dressing. He provided the voice for the Aflac duck for a decade, losing that job after making jokes in the aftermath of the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. Gottfried was also the voice for Microsoft's "Clippy", the animated paper clip that nagged users of Microsoft Word until user complaints led to its elimination.

The Gottfried persona is believed to be something he can switch off when he's not on stage or on camera, as pizza delivery men and waiters report that he seems fairly normal. Gottfried never goes into detail about his personal life unless he is joking, but he is believed to have lived with his mother until well into his thirties.

Wife: Dara Kravitz (together 10 years, m. 3-Feb-2007, one daughter)
Daughter: Lily Aster Gottfried (b. 12-Jun-2007)

    Endorsement of AFLAC (provided duck voice, 2000-11)
    Endorsement of Pepsi (1991)
    Wedding: Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell (1993)

    Life, Animated (23-Jan-2016) · Himself
    A Million Ways to Die in the West (29-May-2014)
    When Jews Were Funny (10-Sep-2013) · Himself
    Miss December (2011)
    Jack and the Beanstalk (24-Apr-2010) · Grayson
    Farce of the Penguins (30-Jan-2007) [VOICE]
    The Aristocrats (Jan-2005) · Himself
    Funky Monkey (17-Sep-2004)
    Mickey's House of Villains (3-Sep-2002) [VOICE]
    Back by Midnight (2002)
    Goosed (28-Sep-1999)
    Doctor Dolittle (13-Jun-1998) · Compulsive Dog [VOICE]
    How to Be a Player (6-Aug-1997) · Tony the Doorman
    Meet Wally Sparks (16-Jan-1997) · Mr. Harry Karp
    Aladdin and the King of Thieves (13-Aug-1996) [VOICE]
    Problem Child 3: Junior in Love (13-May-1995)
    Double Dragon (4-Nov-1994)
    Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas (7-Oct-1994)
    The Return of Jafar (20-May-1994) [VOICE]
    Thumbelina (30-Mar-1994) · Mr. Beetle [VOICE]
    House Party 3 (12-Jan-1994) · Luggage Clerk
    Aladdin (11-Nov-1992) [VOICE]
    Highway to Hell (13-Mar-1992) · Hitler
    Problem Child 2 (3-Jul-1991) · Mr. Peabody
    Look Who's Talking Too (14-Dec-1990) · Joey
    Problem Child (27-Jul-1990) · Mr. Peabody
    The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (11-Jul-1990)
    Hot to Trot (26-Aug-1988)
    Beverly Hills Cop II (20-May-1987) · Sidney Bernstein
    Bad Medicine (22-Nov-1985)
    The House of God (1984) · Paramedic

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Author of books:
Rubber Balls and Liquor (2011)

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